- Job posted on: 22nd Nov 2023
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The Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform (The Partnerships Platform) is looking for motivated and skilled professionals who are keen to make a difference. We seek passionate staff who work collaboratively to deliver ideas and advice that can help our Pacific Island Country partners meet their governance and stability goals. The Partnerships Platform is seeking an experienced and motivated Program Director with a proven track record in leading and managing international development programs The ideal candidate is a collaborative, respectful, flexible and outcomes focused leader with a keen focus on public financial management, economic governance and locally led development.
As the Program Director, you will play a pivotal role in strategic engagement, coordination, and overall management of the Nauru-Australia Economic Governance Program. Your expertise in international development programs, coupled with strong leadership and communication skills, will be crucial in achieving mutually agreed economic governance priorities.
The areas of focus of the assignment are:
The position is an in-country accompanied, two-year posting with the option to extend for rolling periods of two years. A competitive international standard remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, including housing, and return airfares if required for international candidates.
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The Partnerships Platform was established to provide a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose development services to Australia and Pacific countries as they continue working together to build a stable, prosperous, and secure region. With a focus on Nauru, Kiribati, and Tuvalu, the Partnerships Platform also supports development investments in FSM, RMI and the Cook Islands.
The outcomes of the Partnerships Platform are presented below:
The Nauru-Australia Economic Governance Program aims to bolster Nauru's resilience to external shocks, diversify its economy, and efficiently manage its resources for the benefit of its people, as outlined in the National Sustainable Development Strategy (2019-30). By providing support for Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms, the program seeks to enhance the delivery of essential services in a cost-efficient and equitable manner. Technical assistance personnel will be stationed in key agencies, including the Department of Finance, to facilitate reforms and improve budget performance. This initiative will complement other Australian-supported programs focused on healthcare and education, all geared towards enhancing service delivery.
The program builds upon existing Australian economic governance support in Nauru through the Partnerships Platform, which includes long-term technical specialists in the PFM system. However, it also expands its approach by offering additional capacity development and technical assistance modalities to the Nauruan government. Through a structured programmatic approach, the program aims to achieve better outcomes and coherence across its investments, fostering a strong partnership with the Government of Nauru in their development endeavours.
We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, respect, resilience and adaptability, and a preparedness to work with limited resources in a challenging environment, this includes the ability to successfully build and manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
To excel in this role, you should hold tertiary qualifications in a relevant field (economics, commerce, public financial management, public policy, or international development) and have a track record of effectively managing international development programs, including strategic engagement and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning activities. Experience in designing donor funded programs in the Pacific is advantageous, as are Pacific language skills.
You will be required to demonstrate a strong understanding of, and commitment to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), child protection and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), anti-corruption and other DFAT safeguarding policies.
There are inherent opportunities and challenges that come with living and working in developing country contexts, including considerations unique to small island states. Applicants should consider these prior to applying. For further information please go to: https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/nauru/nauru-country-brief.
Applicants (and approved dependents) will need to undergo psychometric and medical screening prior to travel. Amendments to the position’s terms of reference may be made during the period of engagement as required.
The Partnerships Platform is committed to increasing the pool of Pacific Islander, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise. Suitably qualified people of the Pacific, Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, including LGBTQIA+, women, gender diverse, neurodiverse and people with disabilities.
We can make adjustments during the recruitment process for people with a disability. If required, please contact our recruitment team via email at [email protected] using the subject line: Program Director - Nauru-Australia Economic Governance Program - Nauru enquiry via EthicalJobs, to discuss how we can support you.
We welcome your interest in joining the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform as an Adviser. Please ensure you review the Candidate Information Pack before applying (click the link or copy and paste it into your browser): https://bit.ly/TORandInfoSheetProgramDirectorNauru
To submit your application, kindly click on the 'Apply Now' button and ensure you upload your resume as part of the application process. Please note that we will only accept applications submitted through the online portal.
Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applicants may be contacted to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.
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